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Encyclopedia > The King of Torts
The King of Torts
Author John Grisham
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Legal thriller
Publisher Doubleday
Released 2003
Media Type Print (Hardcover, Paperback)
ISBN ISBN 0-385-50804-2

The King of Torts is a legal/suspense novel written by American author John Grisham. The first edition (ISBN 0-385-50804-2) was published in hardcover format by Doubleday in 2003. Dell Publishing published the paperback edition later in 2003 (ISBN 0-440-24153-7). John Ray Grisham Jr. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The legal thriller is a sub-genre of the detective story in which the major characters are lawyers and their employees. ... Doubleday is one of the largest book publishing companies in the world. ... A hardcover (or hardback or hardbound) book is bound with rigid protective covers (typically of cardboard covered with cloth or heavy paper) and a stitched spine. ... Paperback may refer to a kind of book binding by which papers are simply folded without cloth or leather and bound - usually with glue rather than stitches or staples - into a thick paper cover; or to a book with this type of binding. ... Daniel Defoes Robinson Crusoe; title page of 1719 newspaper edition A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended fictional narrative in prose. ... John Ray Grisham Jr. ... Doubleday is one of the largest book publishing companies in the world. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Dell Publishing was an American publisher of books, magazines, and comic books. ...

Contents

Plot teaser

From the novel's back cover:
Tort (from Lat. torquere, to twist, tortus, twisted, wrested aside). A private or civil wrong or injury, including action for bad faith breach of contract, for which the court will provide a remedy in the form of an action for damages. -- Black's Law Dictionary This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... link title Blacks Law Dictionary, 7th edition Blacks Law Dictionary has traditionally been regarded as the definitive legal dictionary for the law of the United States. ...

The Washington D.C. Office of Public Defender (a creation of the author) provides legal defense services for those unable to afford representation. Some public defenders view the Office as a fertile training ground for young lawyers; but for Clay Carter II, a 5 year veteran of the Office, the OPD is a career dead-end. Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United...


Clay's latest case involves a random street murder; the kind that he has seen, and attempted to dodge, many times before. Clay immediately suspects that something is different with this case. His investigations gain the attention of a mysterious stranger, Max Pace. Pace gives Clay evidence of a dangerous new drug, one that could be worth millions of dollars.


Clay accepts the offer, and with the money he builds a successful mass tort / class action law firm. Within a year, Clay is heralded as the new 'King of Torts' in major newspapers and legal journals. But can Clay, inexperienced in mass tort litigation and unaccustomed to the wealth involved in class-action lawsuits, sustain his spectacular success? In law, a class action is an equitable procedural device used in litigation for determining the rights of and remedies, if any, for large numbers of people whose cases involve common questions of law and fact. ...


List of characters

  • Jarrett "Clay" Carter II
  • Max Pace
  • Tequila Watson later restyled Paul Watson
  • Adelfa Pumphrey
  • Rebecca Van Horn
  • Bennett Van Horn
  • Paullette Tullos
  • Jarrett Carter
  • Patton French
  • Mike Hunt
  • Ben Dover

External links

Preceded by:
Bleachers
John Grisham Novels
2003
Succeeded by:
The Last Juror
John Grisham's novels (as of 2005)

1980s: A Time to Kill
1990s: The FirmThe Pelican BriefThe ClientThe ChamberThe RainmakerThe Runaway JuryThe PartnerThe Street LawyerThe Testament
2000s: The BrethrenA Painted HouseSkipping ChristmasThe SummonsBleachersThe King of TortsThe Last JurorThe Broker
Bleachers is a novel by American author John Grisham. ... Cover of audio book of The Last Juror The Last Juror is a novel by John Grisham first published in Doubleday on February 3rd 2004. ... John Ray Grisham Jr. ... A Time to Kill is the name of a legal suspense thriller authored by John Grisham in 1989, and also of the novels feature film 1996 adaptation. ... The Firm is a 1991 legal thriller and the second novel by John Grisham. ... The Pelican Brief is legal/suspense thriller written by John Grisham in 1992. ... The Client movie poster The Client (1994) is a legal thriller written by American author John Grisham, set in Memphis, Tennessee. ... The Chamber (1994) is a legal/suspense novel by noted American author John Grisham. ... The Rainmaker is a 1995 novel by John Grisham. ... The Runaway Jury novel cover The Runaway Jury is a legal thriller novel written by American author John Grisham. ... The Partner (1997) is a legal/thriller novel by noted American author John Grisham. ... The Street Lawyer is a legal/suspense novel, the ninth such work written by American author John Grisham. ... The Testament is a legal/suspense thriller by American author John Grisham. ... The Brethren is a law-related novel by American author John Grisham, published in 2000. ... Front Cover of A Painted House A Painted House is a novel by American author John Grisham, published on February 6, 2001. ... Skipping Christmas (2001) is a comedy novella by noted American author John Grisham. ... The Summons is a legal thriller novel written in 2000 by noted American author John Grisham. ... Bleachers is a novel by American author John Grisham. ... Cover of audio book of The Last Juror The Last Juror is a novel by John Grisham first published in Doubleday on February 3rd 2004. ... Grishams 2005 Novel The Broker The Broker, is a suspense novel written by noted by American author John Grisham published in the United States on January 11, 2005. ...

Non-Fiction

The Innocent Man—Yet to be released The Innocent Man is a nonfiction book written by John Grisham and to be released sometime in 2006. ...


 
 

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